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"'Hawaii Pono'" is the regional anthem of the U.S. state of Hawaii. It previously served as the national anthem of the independent Hawaiian Kingdom during the late 19th century, and has continued to be Hawaii's official anthem ever since annexation by the United States in 1898.


The words were written in 1874 by King David Kalkaua with music composed by Captain Henri Berger, then the king's royal bandmaster. "Hawaii Pono" is one of the national anthems of the Kingdom of Hawaii and also was the National Anthem of the Republic of Hawaii.

It was adopted as the national anthem in 1876, replacing Liliuokalani's composition "He Mele Lhui Hawaii". It was the adopted song of the Territory of Hawaii before becoming the state symbol by an act of the Hawaii State Legislature in 1967. The melody is reminiscent of "God Save the King" and the Prussian anthem "Heil dir im Siegerkranz".'The melody was based on the Prussian hymn originally titled "Heil Dir Im Siegerkranz".' "Hawaii Pono" is commonly sung at sporting events in Hawaii, immediately after the U.S. national anthem.

In the Hawaiian language, "Hawaii Pono" means "Hawaii's Own".



!Hawaiian original!!IPA transcription!!English translation

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|{{lang|haw|italic=no|Hawaii pono

Nn i kou m

Ka lani alii

Ke alii.

Hawaii pono

Nn i n alii

N pua muli kou

N pkii.

Hawaii pono

E ka lhui

O ku hana nui

E ui .



|Hawaii's own true sons,

Loyal to thy king be.

Thine only ruling chief,

Thy liege and lord.


'Royal father,'


'We shall defend,'

'With the spear.'

Hawaii's own true sons,

Honor give to thy chiefs,

Of kindred race are we,

Younger descent.


Hawaii's own true sons,

People of this our land,

Duty calls fealty,

Guide in the right.






* [http://www.huapala.org/Hawaii/Hawaii_Ponoi.html Huapala ~ Hawaiian Music and Hula Archives] ~ recording of melody available at website

Category:Symbols of Hawaii

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